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Who owns us?

For what it's worth, Japan, rather than China, is now our biggest creditor.

By Ezra Klein  |  February 17, 2010; 2:49 PM ET
 
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I'd prefer to be owned by Japan. Harajuku girls. Kikareta onna no mirareta yoru (The Man, The Woman and the Wall). Nissan. Of course, we got Bruce Lee from China, so it's hard to decide who should really own us. Ken Watanabe or Jet Li?

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | February 17, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Ezra

I would be very much interested to see how much debt each President has created and which countries financed that debt (per president).

For example, was any of Reagan's or GHWBush's debt financed by China? I keep seeing right-wing claims that Chinese debt financing began under Clinton, and I'd like to know the truth regarding this matter.

Posted by: Lomillialor | February 17, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

i think meg whitman is going to own us soon.
she is waging an astonishingly annoying campaign blitz, and taking over the air waves.

sorry for the randomness...but we are experiencing something beyond normal campaigning here. how much is meg whitman spending on this election?
it appears that she has bought the california air waves, as it is impossible to turn on the radio now in southern california, without being blitzed with her ads.
it is beyond anything i have ever heard, except at the end of a presidential campaign.
this is becoming really strange and extremely disquieting.
in all of my years, i have not heard anything like this.
they should soon end these commercials by saying...
"this election will be bought and paid for by meg whitman and her friends."

Posted by: jkaren | February 17, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Or maybe not: "So has China stopped buying Treasuries? It doesn't appear so... yet." http://econompicdata.blogspot.com/2010/02/china-sells-treasuries-or-did-they.html

The details matter.

Posted by: michiganmaine | February 17, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I thought the biggest holder of Treasuries was the Social Security Trust Fund.

Posted by: tl_houston | February 17, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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